Dad and daughter celebrate graduating together from BCU

A dad and his daughter found themselves in the unusual scenario of graduating on the same day and in the same ceremony at a BCU graduation earlier this month.

BCU graduations, which took place across July and August, celebrated with the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022, including both undergraduate and postgraduate alumni.

Stewart and Victoria Wilson both studied together at BCU, before completing their studies in 2021 and graduating together this summer.

Stewart originally graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accounting from Birmingham City University, then known as University of Central England, over 20 years ago.

After working as an IT Consultant for many years, he got made redundant from his job in the Covid-19 lockdown.

After being made redundant, Stewart decided to try something totally new and was keen to have a change of career. He enrolled onto the PGCE course at BCU through a SCITT programme to become a maths teacher.

Stewart said: “It was nice to be studying at the same time, especially when we were placed in schools, as we were both in the same boat and could support one another.”

Victoria chose to study at BCU after deciding to complete a PGDE through Teach First.

Victoria said: “Me and my dad both finished our qualifications last summer. It was very strange to be graduating on the same day and very unexpected!

“But it definitely made the day more special, and it was nice to share it with each other. After our ceremony, we went out for a meal with my mom and my boyfriend to celebrate.”

Stewart is now working as a maths teacher at a local secondary school, and Victoria is working as a primary school teacher.

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